Vatican City, Apr 22, 2018 / 04:29 am
On Sunday Pope Francis ordained 16 men to the priesthood, reminding them to be like Jesus the Good Shepherd in the way they serve the members of their spiritual flock and minister to those who are lost and searching for God.
"Always have before your eyes the example of the Good Shepherd, who did not come to be served, but to serve and to seek and save what was lost," the pope said in a homily before the ordination of 16 priests during a Mass in St. Peter's Basilica April 22.
"Conscious of having been chosen among men and elected in their favor to attend to the things of God, exercise in gladness and sincere charity the priestly work of Christ," he continued, "solely intent on pleasing God and not yourselves or human beings, [or] other interests."
The priestly ordination coincided with "Good Shepherd Sunday" and the 55th World Day of Prayer for Vocations.